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Dell Vostro 1540/1550 
Owner's Manual 



Regulatory Model P18F 
Regulatory Type P18F001.P18F002 




Notes, Cautions, and Warnings 

Kjj NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your 
computer. 

A. CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates potential damage to hardware or loss of data if 
instructions are not followed. 

/\ WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or 
death. 



Information in this publication is subject to change without notice. 
© 201 1 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. 

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Latitude™, Latitude ON™, OptiPlex™, Vostro™, and Wi-Fi Catcher™ are trademarks of Dell Inc. Intel®, 
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owned by the Bluetooth® SI G, Inc. and any use of such mark by Dell Inc. is under license. Wi-Fi® is a 
registered trademark of Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, Inc. 

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this publication to refer to either the entities claiming the 
marks and names ortheir products, Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade 
names other than its own. 



2011-08 



Rev. A00 



Contents 



Notes, Cautions, and Warnings 2 

1 Working on Your Computer 7 

Before Working Inside Your Computer 7 

Recommended Tools 8 

Turning Off Your Computer 9 

After Working Inside Your Computer 9 

2 Removing The Battery 1 1 

Installing The Battery 11 

3 Removing The Secure Digital (SD) Card 13 

Installing The Secure Digital (SD) Card 14 

4 Removing The Hinge Cover 15 

Installing The Hinge Cover 16 

5 Removing The Keyboard 17 

Installing The Keyboard 18 

6 Removing The Optical Disc Drive 19 

Installing The Optical Disc Drive 20 

7 Removing The Memory Module 21 

Installing The Memory Module 22 

8 Removing The Palm Rest 23 

Installing The Palm Rest 25 



9 Removing The Power Button Board 27 

Installing The Power Button Board 28 

10 Removing The Hard Drive 29 

Installing The Hard Drive 30 

11 Removing The Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card 31 

Installing The Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card 32 

12 Removing The Coin-Cell Battery 33 

Installing The Coin-Cell Battery 34 

13 Removing The USB Board 35 

Installing The USB Board 36 

14 Removing The Microphone 37 

Installing The Microphone 38 

15 Removing The CPU Fan Assembly And The Heatsink 39 

Installing The CPU Fan Assembly And The Heatsink 40 

16 Removing The Processor 41 

Installing The Processor 42 

17 Removing The System Board 43 

Installing The System Board 45 

18 Removing The Speakers 47 

Installing The Speakers 49 

19 Removing The Display Assembly 51 

Installing The Display Assembly 53 

20 Removing The DC-in Port And The Bracket 55 

Installing The DC-in Port And Bracket 57 



21 Removing The Display Bezel 59 

Installing The Display Bezel 60 

22 Removing The Camera 61 

Installing The Camera 62 

23 Removing The Display Panel 63 

Installing The Display Panel 66 

24 Removing The Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) 

Cable 67 

Installing The Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) Cable 69 

25 Entering System Setup 71 

System Setup Overview 71 

System Setup Screens 71 

System Setup Options 72 

26 Diagnostic Beep Codes 77 

Battery Status Lights 78 

Device Status Lights 78 

27 Specifications 79 

28 Contacting Dell 85 

Contacting Dell 85 



Working on Your Computer 1 



Before Working Inside Your Computer 

Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential 
damage and to help to ensure your personal safety. Unless otherwise noted, 
each procedure included in this document assumes that the following 
conditions exist: 

• You have performed the steps in Working on Your Computer. 

• You have read the safety information that shipped with your computer. 

• A component can be replaced or-if purchased separately-installed by 
performing the removal procedure in reverse order. 

/^\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that 
shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see 
the Regulatory Compliance Homepage atwww.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

/\ CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You 
should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your 
product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and 
support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered 
by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that came with the 
product. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist 

grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface, such as a 
connector on the back of the computer. 

f\ CAUTION: Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components 
or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal mounting bracket. 
Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins. 

/\ CAUTION: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, not 
on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking tabs; if you are 
disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before you disconnect 
the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending 
any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors 
are correctly oriented and aligned. 



PJ^j NOTE: The color of your computer and certain components may appear differently 
than shown in this document. 

To avoid damaging your computer, perform the following steps before you begin 
working inside the computer. 

1. Ensure that your work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer 
coverfrom being scratched. 

2. Turn off your computer (see Turning Off Your Computer). 

3. If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked) such as the 
optional Media Base or Battery Slice, undock it. 

/\ CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your 
computer and then unplug the cable from the network device. 

4. Disconnect all network cables from the computer. 

5. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical 
outlets. 

6. Close the display and turn the computer upside-down on a flat work 
surface. 

Kjj NOTE: To avoid damaging the system board, you must remove the main battery 
before you service the computer. 

7. Remove the main battery. 

8. Turn the computer top-side up. 

9. Open the display. 

10. Press the power button to ground the system board. 

/\ CAUTION: To guard against electrical shock, always unplug your computer from the 
electrical outlet before opening the display. 

/\ CAUTION: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by 
touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the 
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to 
dissipate static electricity, which could harm internal components. 

11. Remove any installed ExpressCards or Smart Cards from the appropriate 
slots. 

Recommended Tools 

The procedures in this document may require the following tools: 
• Small flat-blade screwdriver 



• #0 Phillips screwdriver 

• #1 Phillips screwdriver 

• Small plastic scribe 

• Flash BIOS update program CD 

Turning Off Your Computer 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all open 
programs before you turn off your computer. 

1. Shut down the operating system: 

• In Windows Vista : 

Click Start w , then click the arrow in the lower-right corner of the 
Start menu as shown below, and then click Shut Down. 



• In Windows XP: 

Click Start — > Turn Off Computer — > Turn Off . The computer turns off 
after the operating system shutdown process is complete. 

Ensure that the computer and all attached devices are turned off. If your 
computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you 
shut down your operating system, press and hold the power button for 
about 4 seconds to turn them off. 



After Working Inside Your Computer 

After you complete any replacement procedure, ensure you connect any 
external devices, cards, and cables before turning on your computer. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this 
particular Dell computer. Do not use batteries designed for other Dell computers. 

1. Connect any external devices, such as a port replicator, battery slice, or 
media base, and replace any cards, such as an ExpressCard. 

2. Connect any telephone or network cables to your computer. 



f\ CAUTION: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network device 
and then plug it into the computer. 

3. Replace the battery. 

4. Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets. 

5. Turn on your computer. 



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Removing The Battery 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Slide the release latches to unlockthe battery. 




3. Slide the battery and remove it from the computer. 




Installing The Battery 

1. Slide the battery into its slot until it clicks into place. 

2. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Secure Digital (SD) 
Card 3 

1. Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Press in on the SD memory card to release it from the computer. 




3. Slide the memory card out of the computer. 




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Installing The Secure Digital (SD) Card 

1. Push the memory card into the compartment until it is fully engaged with a 
clicksound. 

2. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Hinge Cover 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the screws that secure the hinge cover. 




4. Flip the computer around and remove the hinge cover. 




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Installing The Hinge Cover 

1. Install the hinge cover and press on it to secure its connection to the 
computer. 

2. Flip the computer around and install the screws that secure the hinge 
cover. 

3. Install the battery. 

4. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Keyboard 5 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Pry up to release the top four snaps securing the keyboard to the computer. 




4. Flip the keyboard over and lay it on the palm rest. 




5. Disconnect the keyboard cable from the system board. 



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6. Remove the keyboard from the computer. 




Installing The Keyboard 



1. Connect the keyboard cable to the system board. 

2. Insert the keyboard at an angle of 30 degrees to its compartment. 

3. Press down on the keyboard to secure the top snaps. 

4. Install the battery. 

5. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



Removing The Optical Disc Drive 6 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the screw that secures the optical drive. 




5. Use a screwdriverto gently pry the optical drive out of the computer. 




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Installing The Optical Disc Drive 



Slide the optical drive into the compartment on the leftside of the chassis. 

Tighten the screw to secure the optical drive to the computer. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Memory Module 7 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Pry the retention clips away from the memory module until it pops up. 




5. Remove the memory module from the computer. 




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Installing The Memory Module 

1. Insert the memory module into the memory socket. 

2. Press down on the memory module until the retention clips secure the 
memory module in place. 

3. Install the keyboard. 

4. Install the battery. 

5. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Palm Rest 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the screws that secure the bottom base. 



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5. Flip the computer around and disconnect the power board cable (1) and the 
touchpad cable (2). 




6. Remove the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer. 



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7. Pry up the palm rest using a plastic scribe to release all the snaps on the 
bottom, left, and right sides of the palm rest. Once all the snaps have been 
released, lift up the palm rest from the computer and remove. 




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Installing The Palm Rest 



Insert the palm rest towards the display screen at a 30-degree angle. 

Align and adjust the palm rest into position before pressing it down to 
secure all the snaps. 

Connect the power board cable and touchpad cable to their respective 
connectors. 

Install the screws that secure the palm rest to the computer. 

Flip the computer around and install the screws that secure the bottom 
base. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Power Button Board 

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1. Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the palm rest. 

5. Peel the power button board cable from the adhesive affixing it to the palm 
rest. 




6. Flip the palm rest around and remove the screw that secures the power 
button board to the palm rest. 




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7. Lift up the power button board and release the power button board cable 
through the opening. 




Installing The Power Button Board 



Insert the power button board cable through the opening. 

Fix the power button board to its compartment. 

Install the screw to secure the power button board. 

Flip the computer around and attach the power button board cable to the 
palm rest. 

Install the palm rest. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Hard Drive 



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Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

Remove the battery. 

Remove the keyboard. 

Remove the palm rest. 

Slide the hard drive and lift it out of the computer. 




6. Remove the screws that secure the hard drive bracket and detach it from 
the hard drive. 



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Installing The Hard Drive 



Install the hard drive bracket to the hard drive. 

Tighten the screws that secure the hard drive bracket. 

Place the hard drive in its compartment and slide it towards the SATA 
connector to secure it to the system board. 

Install the palm rest. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Wireless Local Area 
Network (WLAN) Card 1 1 

1. Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the palm rest. 

5. Disconnect any antennae connected to the WLAN card. 




6. Pry the latch to release the WLAN card from its compartment. 




7. Remove the WLAN card from the computer. 



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Installing The Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Card 

1. Slide the WLAN card into its slot. 

2. Clip on the WLAN card to the latch to secure it in place. 

3. Connect the antennae according to the color code on the WLAN card. 

4. Install the palm rest. 

5. Install the keyboard. 

6. Install the battery. 

7. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Coin-Cell Battery 1 2 



Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

Remove the battery. 

Remove the keyboard. 

Remove the palm rest. 

Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the system board. 




6. Remove the coin-cell battery from the computer. 




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Installing The Coin-Cell Battery 



Install the coin-cell battery to the coin-cell battery compartment. 

Connect the coin-cell battery cable to the system board. 

Install the palm rest. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The USB Board 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the optical drive. 

5. Remove the palm rest. 

6. Disconnect the USB board cable from the system board. 




7. Remove the screw that secures the USB board. 




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8. Lift up the USB board and remove it from the computer. 



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Installing The USB Board 

1. Insert and align the USB board into its compartment on the computer. 

2. Install the screw that secures the USB board in place. 

3. Connect the USB board cable to the system board. 

4. Install the palm rest. 

5. Install the optical drive. 

6. Install the keyboard. 

7. Install the battery. 

8. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Microphone 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the palm rest. 

5. Disconnect the microphone cable from the system board. 




6. Lift up and remove the microphone from its compartment. 




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Installing The Microphone 



Insert and align the microphone into its compartment. 

Connect the microphone cable to the system board. 

Install the palm rest. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The CPU Fan Assembly 
And The Heatsink 1 5 

1. Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the keyboard. 

4. Remove the palm rest. 

5. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from the system board. 




6. Remove the captive screws that secure the heat sink and CPU fan 
assembly by following the sequence in the image. 




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7. Remove the heat sink and the CPU fan assembly from the computer. 




Installing The CPU Fan Assembly And The Heatsink 

1. Place and align the heat sink and CPU fan assembly. 

2. Tighten the captive screws to secure the heat sink and the CPU fan 
assembly. 

3. Connect the CPU fan cable to the system board. 

4. Install the palm rest. 

5. Install the keyboard. 

6. Install the battery. 

7. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Processor 



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Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

Remove the battery. 

Remove the keyboard. 

Remove the palm rest. 

Remove the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink 

Rotate the processor-cam screw in a counter-clockwise direction. 




7. Lift up the processor and remove it from the computer. 




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Installing The Processor 



Insert the processor into the processor socket. Ensure the processor is 
properly seated. 

Tighten the cam-screw in a clockwise direction to the locked position. 

Install the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink. 

Install the palm rest. 

Install the keyboard. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The System Board 1 7 



Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

Remove the battery. 

Remove the SD memory card. 

Remove the keyboard. 

Remove the optical drive. 

Remove the memory module. 

Remove the palm rest. 

Remove the hard drive. 

Remove the WLAN card. 



10. Remove the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink 

11. Disconnect the display cable (1), DC-in cable (2), USB board cable (3), 
speaker cable (4), audio board cable (5), and the coin-cell battery cable (6). 




12. Remove the screws that secure the system board. 



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13. Lift up the system board at an angle and slide it out from the LAN, VGA, 
HDMI, and USB sockets. 




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Installing The System Board 



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Insert the system board with the LAN, VGA, HDMI,and USB connectors 
into their respective sockets and align the system board in place. 

Install the screws that secure the system board in place. 

Connect the LCD cable, DC-in cable, USB board cable, audio board cable, 
coin-cell battery cable, and the speaker cable. 



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the processor. 

the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink . 

the WLANcard. 

the hard drive. 

the palm rest. 

the memory module. 

the optical drive. 

the keyboard. 

the SD memory card. 

the battery. 



Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Speakers 1 8 



Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 



2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the SD memory card. 
Remove the keyboard. 
Remove the optical drive. 
Remove the memory module. 
Remove the palm rest. 
Remove the hard drive. 
Remove the WLAN card. 

10. Remove the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink 

1 1 . Remove the system board. 

12. Release the speaker cable from the routing channel. 




13. Press the securing latches and lift up the left speaker. 



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14. Press the securing latches and lift up the right speaker. 




15. Remove the speaker assembly and the speaker cable from the computer. 




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Installing The Speakers 



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Insert and attach the left and right speakers into their respective 
compartments. 

Align and route the speaker cable to the chassis. 



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the system board. 

the processor. 

the CPU fan assembly and the heatsink . 

the WLANcard. 

the hard drive. 

the palm rest. 

the memory module. 

the optical drive. 

the keyboard. 

the SD memory card. 

the battery. 



Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Display Assembly 19 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the hinge cover. 

4. Remove the keyboard. 

5. Remove the palm rest. 

6. Disconnect the LVDS cable from the system board. 




7. Disconnect the WLAN antennae and release it from the routing channel on 
the chassis. 




8. Remove the screws that secure the left and right hinges. 



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9. Lift up the display assembly from the computer and remove. 




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Installing The Display Assembly 

1. Insert the display assembly hinges into their holders. 

2. Install the screws that secure both the hinges in place. 

3. Connect the LVDS cable to the system board. 

4. Align the WLAN antennae routing cable to its holder and connect the 
antennae to the WLAN card. 

5. Connectthe USB board cable. 

6. Install the palm rest. 

7. Install the keyboard. 

8. Install the hinge cover. 

9. Install the battery. 

10. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The DC-in Port And The 
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Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

Remove the battery. 

Remove the hinge cover. 

Remove the keyboard. 

Remove the palm rest. 

Remove the display assembly 

Disconnect the DC-in cable from the system board. 




8. Remove the screw that secures the DC-in port and bracket. 



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9. Lift up the DC-in port bracket. 




10. Lift up the DC-in port from the computer and remove. 




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Installing The DC-in Port And Bracket 



Insert the DC-in port and the bracket into its compartment. 

Align the bracket and tighten the screw that secures the bracket and DC-in 
port. 

Connect the DC-in cable to the system board. 



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the display assembly. 
the palm rest. 
the keyboard. 
the hinge cover. 
the battery. 



Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Display Bezel 21 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Starting from the bottom , pry the bezel inside out from the display assembly 
and work your way to the right and the left corners of the display bezel. 




4. Remove the bezel from the display assembly once all the snaps have been 
loosened. 




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Installing The Display Bezel 

1. Align the display bezel in line with the top cover. 

2. Starting from the bottom edge, press downward on the display bezel to 
engage the tabs. 

3. Install the battery. 

4. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Camera 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the display bezel. 

4. Disconnect the camera cable from the camera module. 




5. Pry the latch, lift up the camera, and remove. 




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Installing The Camera 



Insert and align the camera module to its compartment. 

Connect the camera cable to the camera module. 

Install the display bezel. 

Install the battery. 

Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Display Panel 23 

1 . Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the hinge cover. 

4. Remove the keyboard. 

5. Remove the palm rest. 

6. Remove the display assembly. 

7. Remove the display bezel. 

8. Disconnect the camera cable from the camera module. 




9. Remove the screws that secure the display brackets and hinges. 




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10. Release the wireless antennae from the right hinge. 




11. Release the LVDS cable from the left hinge. 




12. Lift up the display panel and brackets from the display top cover. 



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13. Remove the screws on the left and right display brackets and remove the 
display panel. 




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Installing The Display Panel 

1. Attach the left and right brackets to the display panel and secure the 
screws. 

2. Insert and route the display cable and wireless antennae to the left and 
right hinges. 

3. Align the display panel with its brackets to the top cover. 

4. Align the WLAN antennae routing cable to its holder and connect the 
antennae to the WLAN card. 

Install the screws that secure the display panel and the brackets. 

Connect the camera cable to the camera module. 



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the display bezel. 
the display assembly. 
the palm rest. 
the keyboard. 
the hinge cover. 
the battery. 



13. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Removing The Low-Voltage 
Differential Signaling (LVDS) Cable 

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1. Follow the procedures in Before Working On Your Computer. 

2. Remove the battery. 

3. Remove the hinge cover. 

4. Remove the keyboard. 

5. Remove the optical drive. 

6. Remove the palm rest. 

7. Remove the display assembly. 

8. Remove the display bezel. 

9. Remove the display panel. 

10. Peel off the tape securing the LVDS cable connection. 




11. Disconnect the LVDS cable from the display panel. 



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12. peel off the entire display cable from the adhesive affixing it to the display 
panel. 




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Installing The Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) Cable 

Attach the display cable to the display panel. 

Connect the display cable connectorto the display panel and affix the tape 
to secure it. 



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the display panel. 
the display bezel. 
the display assembly. 
the palm rest. 
the optical drive. 
the keyboard. 
the hinge cover. 
the battery. 



11. Follow the procedures in After Working Inside Your Computer. 



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Entering System Setup 25 

1. Turn on (or restart) your computer. 

2. When the blue DELL logo is displayed, you must watch for the F2 prompt to 
appear. 

3. Once the F2 prompt appears, press <F2> immediately. 

Kjj NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the keyboard has initialized. This prompt can 
appear very quickly, so you must watch for it to display, and then press <F2> . If you 
press <F2> before you are prompted, this keystroke will be lost. 

4. If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to 
wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop. Then, shut down your 
computer and try again. 

System Setup Overview 

System Setup allows you to: 

• change the system configuration information after you add, change, or 
remove any hardware in your computer. 

• set or change a user-selectable option such as the user password. 

• read the current amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed. 

Before you use System Setup, it is recommended that you write down the 
System Setup screen information for future reference. 

/\ CAUTION: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for 
this program. Certain changes can cause your computer to work incorrectly. 

System Setup Screens 

Menu Appears on top of the System Setup window. This field provides a 
menu to access the System Setup options. Press < Left Arrow > 
and < Right Arrow > keys to navigate. As a Menu option is 
highlighted, the Options List lists the options that define the 
hardware installed on your computer. 

Options Appears on top of the System Setup window. This field provides a 
List menu to access the System Setup options. Press < Left Arrow > 



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and < Right Arrow > keys to navigate. As a Menu option is 
highlighted, the Options List lists the options that define the 
hardware installed on your computer. 

Options Appears on the right side of Options List and contains information 
Field about each option listed in the Options List . In this field you can 

view information about your computer and make changes to your 
current settings. Press < Enter> to make changes to your current 
settings. Press <ESC> to return to the Options List. 

|^j NOTE: Not all settings listed in the Options Field are changeable. 

Help Appears on the right side of the System Setup window and 

contains help information about the option selected in Options List . 

Use the following keys to navigate through the System Setup screens: 

Keystroke Action 

< F2 > Displays information on any selected item in 

the System Setup. 

< Esc > Exit from current view or switch the current 

view to the Exit page in the System Setup. 

< Up Arrow > or < Down Arrow Select an item to display. 
> 

< Left Arrow > or < Right Arrow Select a menu to display. 
> 

Change existing item value. 

Select the sub menu or execute command. 

Load setup default. 

Save current configuration and exit System 
Setup. 



-or + 


< Enter > 


<F9> 


<F10> 


System Setup Options 


Main 


System Information 


System Date 



Displays the computer model number. 

Re-sets the date on the computer's 
internal calendar. 



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System Time 

BIOS Version 
Product Name 

Service Tag 
Asset Tag 

CPU Type 
CPU Speed 
CPU ID 

L1 Cache Size 
L2 Cache Size 
L3 Cache Size 
Extended Memory 

System Memory 

Memory Speed 
Fixed HDD 

SATA ODD 

AC Adapter Type 

Advanced 

Intel SpeedStep 

Virtualization 
Integrated NIC 



Re-sets the time on the computer's 
internal clock. 

Displays the BIOS revision. 

Displays the product name and the model 
number. 

Displays the service tag of your computer. 

Displays the asset tag of your computer (if 
available). 

Displays the type of processor. 

Displays the speed of the processor. 

Displays the processor ID. 

Displays the processor L1 cache size. 

Displays the processor L2 cache size. 

Displays the processor L3 cache size. 

Displays the memory installed on the 
computer. 

Displays the memory in-built on the 
computer. 

Displays the memory speed. 

Displays the model number and capacity 
of the hard drive. 

Displays the model number and capacity 
of the optical drive. 

Displays the type of the AC adapter. 



Enable or disable the Intel Default: Enabled 
SpeedStep feature. 

Enable or disable the Intel Default: Enabled 
Virtualization feature. 

Enable or disable the power Default: Enabled 
supply to the on-board 
network card. 



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USB Emulation 
USB Wake Support 



Enable or disable the USB 
emulation feature. 



Default: Enabled 



SATA Operation 

Adapter Warnings 
Function Key Behavior 
Charger Behavior 

Miscellaneous Devices 

Security 

Set Service Tag 

Set Supervisor Password 
Set HDD Password 
Password Bypass 

Computrace 



Allows USB devices to Default: Disabled 

wake-up the computer from 
standby. This feature is 
enabled only when the AC 
adapter is connected. 

Change the SATA controller Default: AHCI 

mode to either ATA or 

AHCI. 

Enables or disables adapter Default: Enabled 
warnings. 



Specifies the behavior of 
the function key <Fn> . 

Specifies if the computer 
battery will be charged 
when connected to an AC 
power source. 

These fields let you enable 
or disable various on-board 
devices. 



Default: Function key first 



Default: Enabled 



This field displays your system's service 
tag. If the service tag is not already set, 
this field can be used to enter it. 

Allows you to change or delete the 
administrator password. 

Allows you to set a password on the 
computer's internal hard drive (HDD). 

Allows you to bypass the system 
password and the internal HDD password 
prompts during a system restart/resume 
from hibernate state. 

Enable or disable the Computrace feature 
on your computer. 



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Boot 

Boot Priority Order 

Hard Disk Drives 
USB Storage Device 
CD/DVD ROM Drives 
Network 



Specifies the order of different devices in 
which the computer will boot through at 
start up. 

Specifies which hard drive the computer 
can boot through. 

Specifies which USB storage device the 
computer can boot through. 

Specifies which CD/DVD the computer can 
boot through. 

Specifies which network device the 
computer can boot through. 



Exit 

This section allows you to save, discard, and load default settings before exiting 
from System Setup. 



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Diagnostic Beep Codes 26 

The computer may emit a series of beeps during start-up if the display cannot 
show errors or problems. These series of beeps, called beep codes, identify 
various problems. The delay between each beep is 300 ms, the delay between 
each set of beeps is 3 seconds, and the beep sound lasts 300 ms. After each 
beep and each set of beeps, the BIOS should detect if the user presses the 
power button. If so, BIOS will jump out from looping and execute the normal 
shutdown process and power system. 

Code Cause and Troubleshooting Steps 

1 BIOS ROM checksum in progress orfailure 

System board failure, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error 

2 No RAM detected 
No memory detected 

3 Chipset Error (North and South Bridge Chipset, DMA/IMR/ Timer Error) , 
Time-Of-Day Clock test failure , Gate A20 failure , Super I/O chip failure , 
Keyboard controller test failure 

System board failure 

4 RAM ReadAA/rite failure 
Memory failure 

5 Real-time clock powerfail 
CMOS battery failure 

6 Video BIOS testfailure 
Video card failure 

7 Processorfailure 
Processorfailure 

8 Display 
Display failure 



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Battery Status Lights 

If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the battery light operates as 
ollows: 

Alternately blinking amber light and white light — An unauthenticated or 
unsupported non-Dell AC adapter is attached to your laptop. 

Alternately blinking amber light with steady white light — Temporary battery 
failure with AC adapter present. 

Constantly blinking amber light — Fatal battery failure with AC adapter 
present. 

Light off — Battery in full charge mode with AC adapter present. 

White light on — Battery in charge mode with AC adapter present. 

Device Status Lights 

/ k Turns on when you turn on the computer and blinks when the computer is in a 
power management mode. 

P Turns on when the computer reads or writes data. 

1^1 Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status. 

C<i>) Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. 



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Specifications 



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Kjj NOTE: Offerings may vary by region. The following specifications are only those 
required by law to ship with your computer. For more information regarding the 
configuration of your computer, click Start — » Help and Support and select the 
option to view information about your computer. 

System Information 



Chipset 




Vostro1450/Vostro1550 


Intel HM67 


Vostro 1440/Vostro 1540 


Intel HM57 


DRAM bus width 


64-bit 


Flash EPROM 


SPI 32 Mbits 



Processor 



Types 



Intel Celeron 
Intel Core i3 series 
Intel Core i5 series 



L2 cache 

External bus frequency 



up to 6 MB 
1333 MHz 



Memory 



Memory connector 
Memory capacity 
Memory type 
Minimum memory 
Maximum memory 



two SODIMM slots 
1 GB,2GB,or4GB 
DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz) 
1 GB 
8GB 



Audio 



Type 



2.1 channel high definition audio 



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Audio 



Controller 
Stereo conversion 
Interface: 

Internal 

External 

Speakers 
Volume controls 



IDT92HD87B1 

24-bit (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) 

high definition audio 

microphone-in/stereo headphones/external 
speakers connector 

2x2Watt 

keyboard function keys and program menus 



Video 



Video type 

Data bus: 
UMA 
Discrete 

Video controller: 
UMA 

Vostro 1450/Vostro 1550 

Vostro 1440/Vostro 1540 
Discrete 

Vostro 1440 
Vostro 1450 



• integrated on system board 

• discrete 



integrated video 



PCI-Ex16Gen1 
PCI-Ex16Gen2 



Intel HD Graphics 

• Intel HD Graphics 

• Intel HD Graphics 3000 

Intel HD graphics 



AMD Radeon HD6450M 
AMD Radeon HD6470M 



Camera 



Camera Resolution 



1.3 Megapixel 



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Camera 

Video Resolution 



640 x 480 at 30 fps (Maximum) 



Communications 



Network adapter 
Wireless 



10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN 

internal wireless local area network (WLAN) 



Ports and Connectors 



Audio 
Video 

Network adapter 

USB 

Media card reader 



one microphone connector; one stereo 
headphone/speakers connector 

• one 15-pin VGA connector 

• one 19-pin HDMI connector 

one RJ-45 connector 

three 4-pin USB 2.0-compliant connectors 

one3-in-1 (SD/MMC/MS) 



Display 



Type 


HDWLEDTrueLife;HDV 


Size 




Vostro 1440/Vostro 1450 


14.0" 


Vostro 1540/Vostro 1550 


15.0" 


Dimensions: Vostro 1440/Vostro 1450 




Height 


192.50 mm (7.58 inches) 


Width 


324.00 mm (12.76 inches 


Diagonal 


355.60 mm (14.00 inches; 


Active area (X/Y) 


344.23 mm x 193.54 




mm 


Dimensions: Vostro 1540/Vostro 1550 




Height 


193.50 mm (7.62 inches) 


Width 


344.20 mm (13.55 inches! 



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Display 

Diagonal 396.24 mm (15.60 inches) 

Active area (X/Y) 344.23 mm x 193.54 mm 

Maximum resolution 1366 x 768 pixels at 262K colors 

Maximum Brightness 220 nits 

Operating angle 0° (closed) to 140° 

Refresh rate 60 Hz 
Minimum Viewing angles: 

Horizontal 40/40 

Vertical 15/30 (H/L) 

Pixel pitch 0.23 mm x 0.23 mm 

Keyboard 

Number of keys: United States and Canada: 86 keys, Europe 

and Brazil: 87 keys, Japan: 90 keys 

Touchpad 

Active Area: 

X-axis 90.00 mm (3.54 inches) 

Y-axis 49.00 mm (1.93 inches) 

Battery 

Type 6-cell lithium ion (2.20 Whr) 

Dimensions: 

Height 20.20 mm (0.80 inch) 

Width 208.36 mm (8.20 inches) 

Depth 56.52 mm (2.22 inches) 

Weight 0.33 kg (0.73 lb) 

Charge time approximately 4 hours (when the computer is 

turned off) 



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Battery 

Voltage 
Temperature range: 

Operating 

Non-Operating 
Coin-cell battery 



11.1 VDC 

0°Cto35°C(32°Fto95°F) 
-40°Cto65°C(-40°Fto149°F) 
3 VCR2032 lithium coin cell 



AC Adapter 



Type: 

Vostro 1440 / Vostro 1450 / Vostro 
1540/Vostro 1550 with integrated 
video card 

Vostro 1440 with discrete video 
card 

Vostro 1450 with discrete video 
card 

Input voltage 

Input current (maximum) 

Input frequency 

Output power 

Output current 

65 W 

90 W 
Rated output voltage 
Dimensions: 

Height 

Width 

Depth 
Temperature range: 



65 W 

65 W 

90 W 

100 VAC to 240 VAC 
1.50 A/1.60 A/1.70 A/2.10 A 
50 Hz to 60 Hz 
65 Wand 90 W 

3.34 A (continuous) 

4.62 A 

19.50 VDC (+/ 1.0 VDC) 

28.20 mm (1.11 inches) 
57.90 mm (2.28 inches) 
137.16 mm (5.40 inches) 



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AC Adapter 

Operating 
Non-Operating 



0°Cto40°C(32°Fto104°F) 
-40°Cto70°C(-40 Fto158°F) 



Physical 



Vostro 1440/Vostro 1450: 
Height (with a WLED panel! 

Width 
Depth 

Weight (Minimum) 
Vostro 1540 /Vostro 1550: 
Height (with a WLED panel! 

Width 
Depth 
Weight (Minimum) 



31.50 mm to 34.70 mm (1.24 inches to 1.36 
inches) 

342.00 mm (13.46 inches) 

244 mm (9.60 inches) 

2.2 kg (4.85 lb) 

31.50 mm to 34.50 mm (1.24 inches to 1.35 
inches) 

376.00 mm (14.80 inches) 

260 mm (10.23 inches) 

2.37 kg (5.22 lb) 



Environmental 



Temperature: 

Operating 

Storage 
Relative humidity (maximum) 

Operating 

Storage 
Altitude (maximum): 

Operating 

Non-Operating 
Airborne contaminant level 



0°Cto35°C(32°Fto95°F) 
-40 Cto65°C(-40°Fto149°F) 

10 % to 90 % (noncondensing) 
5 % to 95 % (noncondensing) 

-1 5.2 m to 3048 m (-50 ft to 1 0,000 ft) 
-1 5.2 m to 1 0,668 m (-50 ft to 35,000 ft) 
G1 as defined by ISA-71.04-1985 



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Contacting Dell 28 



Contacting Dell 

|^j NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact 
information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog. 

Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. 
Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be 
available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or customer 
service issues: 

1. Visitsupport.dell.com. 

2. Select your support category. 

3. If you are not a U.S. customer, select your country code at the bottom of the 
page, or select All to see more choices. 

4. Select the appropriate service or support link based on your need. 



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